2015 Summer Internship – Max Mauer

SUMMER STUDENT RESEARCH SERIES

Max Maurer (SuRPS @ HPU)

Rising sophomore Max Maurer worked at HPU with Dr. Fiser as part of the university’s inaugural Summer Research Program in the Sciences (SuRPS). Their project, titled “Biomimetic Cilia-Driven Fluid Flow,” focused on producing highly flexible and magnetically-responsive biomimetic cilia. Once the cilia were created, they placed them in a fluid with properties mimicking natural mucus, waved them at a constant frequency, and observed the resulting fluid flow. Their work will improve our overall understanding of biological cilia-driven mucus movement in the lung and the problems that arise when this process does not function as it should.